Naropa University Oakland

Master of Liberal Arts Program in Creation Spirituality




CSP 739W                                         Number of credit units:  1


Instructor: Robert Rice                   Instructor’s contact phone number: 707-568-5559

                                                          Email address: [email protected]


Class Schedule: Spring semester 2004, Saturday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 2, 9:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Course Description:

Participants will explore the dynamic relationship between movement and stillness, by engaging in active, often playful, experiences of letting-go, as well as through quiet experience of distillation. Open-ended improvisations invite each participant, according to his/her own timing, to enter the transformative life-dance where body and spirit are one.


Moving Toward Stillness Explores the dynamic relationship of body and spirit, movement and stillness. Movement is improvisational rather than prescribed, and ranges from simple and contemplative to playful and active.  This allows each person’s creative movement expressions to emerge at that individual’s own rate often yielding deeply rooted information otherwise untapped.  Ultimately this course is about trusting the wisdom of the body and accepting its profound role in spiritual direction.


Course Objectives: see outline below


Course Requirements: 50% attendance, 50% participation



Saturday, participants will:


Sunday, participants will:

·        experience body movement in relation to prayer and to the four paths of Creation Spirituality


Movement experiences are followed by group discussion. At times writing or simple drawing may be employed in place of discussion.